The Zone: Revolutionary Life Plan to Put Your Body in Total Balance for Permanent Weight Loss Hardcover – May 12 1995
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Barry Sears looks at why Americans still have dietary problems in spite of following the advice of experts. Challenging the current recommendations for a high carbohydrate diet, Sears looks into man's history as well as the diets athletes succeed best on, to build a new dietary picture. Anyone looking for better health through an improved relationship to what they eat should put this book on their list.
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Ciao pasta, good-bye bread, rice and other "bad carbohydrates," which can include carrots, cranberries and corn. It's time to truck in the proteins. Sears, a biochemist, crowns years' worth of research into the effects of food on hormone production and metabolic activity with a program that will lead to "optimal health," peak performance (the zone of the title) and, not incidentally, weight control. Citing the importance of eicosanoids, a class of hormones that figures critically in metabolism, Sears has worked out an approach to eating that reduces one's daily production of insulin and, at the same time, draws on stored body fat for energy. A formula for calculating an individual's Lean Body Mass is tied to an estimated Physical-Activity Factor and used to establish one's daily protein requirement, which can easily be as much as 70 grams for a moderately active, middle-aged woman with 25-35% body fat. Recommending a diet that tightly balances the intake of protein, good (low-glycemic) carbohydrates and a moderate amount of monounsaturated fats, Sears is among those current weight-control specialists (e.g., Drs. Rachael and Richard Heller and Stephen Gullo [see Notes below]) who observe that there are many "insulin-resistant" Americans for whom the new food pyramid recommendations, heavily weighted with "high-density, high-glycemic carbohydrates," can be unhealthy. "Zone-favorable" recipes and food-count tables are included. BOMC and QPC alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I'm a 35 year old woman. I've been on the Zone for about 2 months. I've lost 20 lbs (all of it fat), my blood pressure has dropped and I feel great and have lots of energy. For the last 5 years I've been struggling with excess weight that I couldn't lose with a combination of exercise and (mostly unsuccessful)attempts to eat less. I was kind of dubious at first about the Zone, but it has done wonders in terms of helping me eat sensibly without getting hungry between meals. My skin looks a lot nicer as well.
There are many misconceptions about the Zone. It's not Atkins, it's not South Beach (although they do share some similarities), and it's not a magic diet in which you eat unlimited amounts of food. (And in response to the previous reviewer, glycemic index is mentioned many times in the book.)
It is a portion control diet. You will need to eat appropriate amounts of protein, carbs and fat at every meal. It seems weird at first. It takes work. You will need to do more food preparation than before, or at the very least you will have to learn about portion sizes. Exercise is strongly recommended. You will probably be consuming fewer calories than before unless you were already on a very low calorie diet. Yes, you lose weight because you eat less, same as any other diet.Read more ›
You may not have thought of it this way, but you were probably in the Zone - the mysterious but very real state in which your body and mind work together at their ultimate best. In the Zone, the mind is relaxed, yet alert and focused. Meanwhile, the body is fluid, strong, and apparently indefatigable, almost euphoric.
Most athletes, even those of us who are weekend enthusiasts, have experienced this state at least once, and the experience is unforgettable. But there is nothing mystical about the Zone. The Zone is a real metabolic state that can be reached by everyone, and maintained indefinitely on a lifelong basis.
Barry Sears looks at why Americans still have dietary problems in spite of following the advice of experts. By challenging the current recommendations for a high carbohydrate diet, Sears looks into man's history as well as the diets on which athletes succeed, to build a new dietary picture. Anyone looking for better health through an improved relationship to what they eat should try the Zone Diet Plan.
What is the Zone as defined by Dr. Sears? It's the metabolic state at which the body works at peak efficiency. Life in the Zone creates significant health benefits. The little illnesses that plague us all - colds, flus, allergies - seem to happen less often. When they do hit, they're not as severe. And some of our more serious chronic diseases - heart disease and cancer, for example, become less likely to strike.Read more ›
After reading this book, I realized that I eat little protein - my diet is mostly carbs (and not the good ones either). This theory makes sense - dieting isn't just about creating a calorie deficit, as some people say in their review, it's about eating the right foods. If all we needed was a calorie deficit then we could all live on candy bars as long as we created a deficit, right?! And yet I bet we'd all be severely undernourished.
This way of eating (it's not really a "diet" in the traditional terms) allows carbs and even says we need them, unlike the popular Atkins diet. It also recommends eating fat! The basis is to eat a 40% carb, 30% protein and 30% fat ratio at every meal as well as 2 snacks a day. I have not been at all hungry and have noticed sleeping a little better and feeling a little more alert during the day (and not famished by 5 p.m. like I was before). And figuring your unique protein, carb and fat requirements are not difficult at all, even though some reviews on Amazon will tell you differently. If you can read and understand 7 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbs and 1.5 grams of fat are a "block" you can understand this diet.
I would recommend it without a doubt. I've already asked for one of the cookbooks on Amazon for my birthday next week because it helps to have the recipes laid out for you instead of trying to create them all the time.Read more ›
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Dr Sears does bring about very interesting concepts with a very thorough body of evidence and supporting data for his Zone theory.
Worth a read.
This says it is a moderate protein, fat and carbohydrate diet book. At first I agreed with this statement and was a huge fan of this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2012 by Jodi-Hummingbird
I received the book I ordered within the stated delivery time and in the stated condition. I am very pleased.Published on Nov. 11 2010 by Jeff
"The Zone" is a good instructional manual for people who have extremely poor diets, but for the average person with a modicum of common sense, it's quite useless. Read morePublished on July 14 2004
"Sears proposes consuming meals combining foods high in protein but low in saturated fats with foods composed of complex carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, while... Read morePublished on June 19 2004
I couldn't stomach this diet, literally. My doctor recommended this book highly to me. I've been on nearly every diet on earth, and there is hardly a diet out there that won't work... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by renatae33
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